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Poster: light into ashes Date: Aug 11, 2011 11:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Ives Touch, Part II

I'm glad people find this readable; I usually think my stuff's too dense or disjointed or rambling for others to enjoy.
Things may be a mess around here, but my Dead books are stacked quite neatly!

"footnotes, an index, and a bibliography..."

Actually, I've been asked to provide sources before as well. I'm hesitant about that, especially online when I want essays to look "accessible" to everyone and not stuffed with scholarly footnotes... There are close to 90 quotes used in this essay; citing them may be useful for others but makes it more burdensome for me, and this is hard enough to do as it is... And so many of them are really well-known or easy to find, most of them are in just a half-dozen books.
If I were "in print," I wouldn't hesitate to use footnotes, and for more than just citations; but I see myself as more of an unqualified amateur providing outlines for other more knowledgeable people to improve on in the future.

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Poster: WillCo Date: Aug 11, 2011 1:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Ives Touch, Part II

The other great Ives!

Sorry, but I grew up listening to Burl and I can never hear mention of Charles Ives without reaching for Burl Ives instead.

I wanted to find a link to "Wake Nicodemus", my favourite song that he did, but this will have to do: "The Whale" (sung to the same tune that Garcia and Grisman used on "A Horse Named Bill" and therefore Dead-related).

Please forgive this interruption. I return forumites to Charles Ives for the remainder of this thread.

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Poster: boat man Date: Aug 11, 2011 12:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Ives Touch, Part II

Your modesty os part of the charm.
I actually find you very readable, and casually so.
You pick a simple thesis, start at the beginning, and document it well in an evolving, story-like way without being repititous or sesquipedal. You couldn't ask for more.
As for being an "unqualified amateur", as I've said before, I think you keep your cards close to your chest.